Dangerous Past by A.F. Ebbers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've loved Tom Clancy and Frederick Forsyth for as long as I can remember so what I expect from thrillers and mysteries are pretty high. Everything about how this book was written worked with the story. Dialogue was catchy, the main characters had a push and pull relationship and the bad guys thought they had everything planned out until Nicole sets a few things right. So you have an entertaining, well-written read. Great.
This is where Dangerous Past does not work for me in some very big ways. The stereotypes. Frank and Nicole's characters were stereotyped right out of Darrin and Samantha's Bewitched in some ways. Then there was the whole time period issue which I know has more than one book club member irked. How do you present a story to a reader with no time era? You can, no harm about that. But then the reader starts forming expectations and when those expectations fall flat, things are going to go south. Did it work as a thriller? Yes. Would I read it again? Nope.
Would I recommend this read? I would but the cover needs work, the book needs a far better description than the amateurish description it has now. If you like thrillers and don't mind a few bumps along the way, then sure.
Offensive content?: We were given this book's rating as G. I definitely do not think so. Based on language and settings, anyone aged 13 and above will enjoy this book.
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